The Secret World of Arrietty is directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, an animator at Studio Ghibli who worked on Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle and Ponyo under Hayao Miyazaki, it is based on The Borrowers by Mary Norton.
Miyazaki planned the film and wrote the screenplay but Hiromasa directed it and shows a lot of potential, there's definitely hope for the future productions of Studio Ghibli.
A boy named Sho tells the audience of the summer he visited his aunt and met some borrowers, tiny people who live secretly in the floors or walls of houses and "borrow" from the big people in order to survive, Arrietty is spotted by Sho during her first time borrowing and soon a friendship is built between them because of their curiosity towards each other.
I really enjoyed Arrietty, first I want to mention how beautiful it is, there is so much colour in there and it's a real feast of art and aesthetics, some of those scenes outside the house were amazing.
There's one particular scene when Sho is lying down and reading a book in the garden, you can almost smell the grass and taste the fresh air, feel the warmth of the sunshine dancing upon the colourful flowers and even Arrietty herself is very pretty.
The way nature is presented in this film is truly magical.
The soundtrack is offbeat for a Ghibli film, going for a French and European sound which works well considering it's a story based on English literature, though you never lose sight of the fact it's set in Japan during the film, there is a number of things which are distinctively Japanese.
You will find that it isn't as mindblowing as Spirited Away or fantastic as Castle In The Sky, the story is much more simple and traditional with a slower pace but it's definitely enchanting, charming and sweet.
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